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The death of a loved one, be it a partner, family member or close friend is always a distressing time for everyone involved. The situation can be exacerbated further if there are disputes raised about the inheritance of personal items, money, or property. Thanks to Birkett Long’s vast experience in inheritance matters, we can advise you on your best course of action and discuss the full set of options available to you.
Our inheritance lawyers are available to help you find an acceptable solution that will allow you to get on with your life. We understand that inheritance disputes can be extremely stressful and emotionally draining, and our highly skilled team of inheritance lawyers can use their expertise to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.
No matter what type of inheritance dispute you are facing, our lawyers can offer in-depth guidance about your case and the various funding options that may be available. This includes giving you an idea what each course of action could cost, how long it may take, as well as assessing the overall strength of your case.
Who can legally make an inheritance claim?
Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, only the following people are legally entitled to make a claim:
- Either a spouse or civil partner of the deceased
- If they have not remarried or entered into a new civil partnership, a divorced spouse or separated civil partner of the deceased
- Anyone who lived with the deceased for at least 2 years before their death
- Children of the deceased (including those over 18)
- Stepchildren, adopted children, fostered children and anyone treated as their child by the deceased
- Anyone who was cared for by the deceased before their death
We believe that court proceedings should be the very last resort. Not only because of the potential costs you can incur, but also because of the emotional and psychological impact it can have on those involved.
Our inheritance dispute lawyers are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for all our clients using the most cost-effective method. In many cases, this can mean entering into mediation or negotiation to reach amicable out of court settlements.
Given our experience in inheritance law, we are aware that sometimes there is no other option but to pursue the matter in court. Should this occur in your case, you can rest assured you will have the full support of specialist inheritance lawyers who have years of trial experience behind them.
Get in touch with our inheritance dispute team today
If you are aware of an inheritance dispute, we advise you to consult us as soon as possible. Dealing with the issue quickly will enable you to get a clear assessment of your claim and take the relevant steps to protect your position.
- Lisa Cox
- Trainee Solicitor
- Rachel Leech
- Adrian Livesley
- Consultant Solicitor
- 01206 711357
- Amanda Smallcombe
- Partner, Head of Court of Protection & Inheritance Disputes Team
- 01206 711365